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US v. Lithium Power Techs. Inc., 08-20194

In a False Claims Act (FCA) action alleging that Defendant made false statements to secure research grants from the federal government, judgment for Plaintiffs is affirmed where the FCA requires proof only that the defendant's false statements "could have" influenced the government's payment decision or had the "potential" to influence the government's decision.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/09/2009
  • Published 07/09/2009


  • CARL E. STEWART, Circuit Judge:, Before HIGGINBOTHAM, BENAVIDES and STEWART, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Fifth Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Nicholas John Bagley (argued), U.S. Dept. of Justice, Civ. Div., Washington, DC, Andrew A. Bobb, Asst. U.S. Atty., Houston, TX, for U.S., Mitchell Reed Kreindler, Kreindler & Associates, Houston, TX, for Longhi., David Charles Holmes (argued), Solomon Law Firm, Houston, TX, for Lithium Power Technologies, Inc., Munshi., Timothy J. Hatch, Douglas R. Cox, Amiri Cameron Tayrani, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, Washington, DC, for Amicus Curiae.